Grateful Dead Live at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1987-06-28
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AUD> Nakamichi 300 microphones> Sony D5 deck> master cassette; Playback/CD Transfer: Master cassette played on Denon DRM740 and fed to Tascam CDRW700; Recorded, transferred by Scott Bille; Eac(secure)> Shn by Greg Kerbel; Seeded through the 80s Audience Perma-Tree, BUDD, Philzone; see flaw notes in info file
- 2004-07-12 09:39:17
- Master cassette played on Denon DRM740 and fed to Tascam CDRW700; Recorded, transferred by Scott Bille; Eac(secure)> Shn by Greg Kerbel; Seeded through the 80s Audience Perma-Tree, BUDD, Philzone; see flaw notes in info file
- East Troy, WI
Garcia was less than a year removed from his recovery. The bands first show back was a mere 7 months prior to this period.
I think the later '86 shows were really to help Jerry get back on his feet and in the groove, thank God. I certainly have no more knowledge than most reading and listening, but the early going was 1) short versions of tunes with little jamming; and the band re-inventing itself for perhaps the 1000th time.
But, if you look at the set lists and listen to the shows from let's say March 87 - until the stadium shows with Dylan - the band is solid. Predictable - absolutely. But I listened to this whole show and it had hints of '85 ( I say hints). Also, the 4/3/87 show - which I was skeptical about being the second most downloaded show is worth a listen.
Problems - already mentioned predictability.
Songs like NFA were diminished to throw aways.
Bucket>Sugaree became a given. (And that is a shame b/c at one time - '83 - bucket was actually groovey. And Sugaree is one of Garcia's best).
Anyway I give this show 4 stars. Once the Fall '87shows started I think the band had begun a bit of prefunctory set list dilemna that did not resolve itself until "Formerly the Worlocks" - and not just b/c of "dark star" and "help>slip".
See - it's not easy to look at the band in one moment during one song during one set - their is in my humble opinion a bigger picture.
Anyway peace and God bless
Subject: my 1st also
Didn't even go to the last shows in my hometown Chicago '05. I was living there at the time, but WTF I had my own band.
So years later I get SIRIUS and I hear about archive.org and one post later.... I am so psyched about hooking up my computer to my stereo. Great memories, and I dont exactly remember them playing it that afternoon; Throwing Stones lyrics are so relevant today.
Thus my reason for using this site trying to hear a kick ass version of the song.
Happy 21st in a couple months whoever posted last WOW.
Subject: My 1st dead show
Seriously though, good recording, great show.
Subject: Thanks BT Windowpane!
Subject: Great 3 days
Subject: Insane in the Membrane
I flew from NJ to Milwaukee and met up with some loser from college and his equally loser little bro'. A bunch of Cheesehead pseudoheads.
Anyway I hooked up with my buddy from NJ who was driving across the USofA after a year in LA. My luggage got lost by Northworst airlines and I had to borrow clothes from my NJ buddy.To say that we partied like rockstars would be an understatement.
My bud had hooked up with a bunch a freaks in CA at the Berkeley Greek shows and they were outta hand. Pat had a deep reserve of M80s and decided that his mission in life was to pitch them into the overflowing with crap porta johns. We saw more than one disgisted face open the toilet door only to be confronted with shit everywhere and smoke bellowing out! It was the BOMB.
Then there were the ChiTown drunks pounding on the door to the Hare Krishna bus at about 2 am demanding burgers and beers. Finally there was the guy wandering around with luminescent eyes carrying a sign emblazoned with a "9" he's walk up to you and say "Number 9" as he showed the sign- and then as fast as he was there, he was gone. That guy should be on Mt Rushmore.
Now of course the shows were all smokin' and tripadelically outrageous- the first non-Greek Watchtower, a tasty Music and the angst ridden Jack Straw were all highlights. Jer Bear was on fire.
The cosmic significance of these days is still beyond the comprehension of mere mortals- but I get it.
Sex and Violence
Subject: Bobby's euipment woes
They really made you feel like you were part of what was going on. All in good fun.
Lot's-O notes on the Jack Straw, but not much metnion of the Dew. I seem to remember it was short, but Jerry ripped some killer solos.
Also, I forgot the tickets for this show back at our cabin. I did not realize until we were parked. What a tirp. I remember jumping a berm in my Sky blue '74 SuperBeetle. Friends later told me that was the first time they ever saw a bug get full air. We were staying on Lake Geneva in Williams Bay in my families Lazy summer home. We FLEW!
We walked in on Sugaree. I remember asking someone, "What did we miss?" "Nothing," was all he said. All we missed was Hell in a Bucket.
Ride! Ride! Ride!
Subject: Probably the weakest of the three nights, but not anything poor or medicore as found at some of the Greek and Ventura shows.
2nd Set: "Mississippi" is friendly, and the timing of Jerry's notes after they 'crossed the lazy river' is exemplary. "Man Smart" was the predictable choice, and it's a pleasant version. (Standard) "Ship" was the obvious call, even though "To Lay Me Down" would have pleased me more. The familiarity continues with "Saint" although the tension from 4:40-4:50 is palpable. I was in the "Drummy" mood when I heard this, so this version, tho seemingly unremarkable, pleased me. You can smell the "Miracle" about 7:25 into a martian-laden "Space." The 'M' was fine, but feeling the blues in their outro jam, it would have been a keen choice to go into a missed "Smokestack" or "Spoonful." Nope, it's "Dew" time. Underwhelming. Anyways, because it's the final show of a three night run, it's expected that "Throwing/NFA" will be played, and tonight is no exception. "Throwing" is well-sung, and is better than the one at the Greek... Despite some nice Jerry around plucking @ 2:45 this version is not as much of a eagerly grind it out as the Greek's. Unlike the Greek, the boys come back and do some more percussions, and bop-bop-bop-bop for everyone.
No "Brokedown" tonight, let's shout one out for 'The Mighty Quinn.' It's provides the requisite amount of joy.
Subject: 18 Years Ago Today...
1) Bobby having equipment problems in the middle of the set and kicking his rig. Phil jumped his shit for it, and they had a spat on stage. Jerry just wandered over to Brent while they were going at it.
2) The Jack Straw was indeed tremendous, but I also recall the Althea being strong as well. I'm streaming it now, so I guess I'll find out soon enough.
Boy, nothing like afternoon Dead shows. Having the entire evening to run around the parking lot was just fantastic. Was it really 18 years ago? "Where does the time go?"
Subject: Jack Straw!
Musically, I thought this was the weakest of the Alpine run, with nothing too spectacular going on. The lone exception was the Jack Straw, which wraps up the first set in stunning blaze of glory! The boys wrung out every note on this one. Super good stuff. I have been fortunate enought to witness some world class Jack Straws and this was one of them. Worth checking out even if you don't go for the whole show.
Subject: Another beautiful day at Alpine Valley...
Another winner from Alpine Valley. As I recall, the Jack Straw was particularly tasty as well...
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